Unfortunately, I have to part with my new-to-me Albion Original Comfort.
I LOVE this saddle. Short flap, wide twist, puts me in the right position.
I have come across a Jaguar with a short flap, and based on the reviews, it will fit my horse GREAT.
The Albion has gussets, which don't work for my mare as they are so big they sit on her kidneys. The saddle is also a wide with super wide panels. I planned on having the saddle narrowed by an authorized shop, but at this point the saddle will need too much customizing to make it work.
The Jaguar is an 18.5 seat, like the Albion, 15" flaps (Albion has 14.5 I believe). It is listed as a wide, but measures narrower than the Albion. Also is not gussetted.
From the description, I believe it will fit my horse (who is not flat backed and has slight hollows behind the withers).
From my reading, Jaguars have a narrow twist. I have always preferred wider, but I have never sat in a Jaguar.
Thoughts on these? I can do a 7 day trial on the Jag before commiting, but I will need to sell the Albion.
The seat balance on the Jaguar is TOTALLY different from Albion - I hate the forward balanced seats, so I have no positive feedback, sorry. Some people love them - but I think you need to try it yourself to decide if it will work.
I love my Albion, regularly ride in a variety of other saddles - Niedersuss, some synthetics, Passier, Excelle.
On one saddle fitting adventure, I tried about 6 saddles on my young growing horse - he LOVED the Jaguar, I was afraid to breathe in it. Tried it again - same result, I did not like it at all.
A tall rider with a long thigh bone LOVED the Jaguar saddle, as did her horse.
They are well made saddles. Try one if you get a chance.
Horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.